The 911 Targa was first introduced to the United States in 1967 as an attempt by the engineers at Porsche to provide what they felt was a safer alternative to the traditional open-air motoring experience of the standard convertible layout. The stainless steel covered roll bar provided extra crash protection while the removable roof section stowed away with ease and produced the “wind in the hair” experience that Americans in the 1960s craved so badly. This basic Targa recipe would stay in production through the 964 generation cars of the early ’90s, even after a proper 911 cabriolet was introduced during the ’80s. It wasn’t until 1996 when Porsche decided to restyle the Targa in their 993 generation cars, introducing the “greenhouse system.” This newly redesigned Targa featured a retractable glass roof which slid underneath the rear window, allowing the vehicle to maintain the same side profile as its coupe counterpart. All Targa’s were also equipped with unique 2-piece 17-inch wheels, a hallmark giveaway to the special model. The Targa would remain in production throughout the 993 generation of cars, which ended in 1998. In total, 4,619 of these special cars were produced worldwide with a scant 1151 sent to the US and Canada.
The Porsche Targa on offer here is a 1998 model year and is chassis number WP0DA299XWS385088. It is one of 334 Targas built for the final production year of the 993 series of 911’s and is finished in rare Metallic Black with a Chestnut interior. The car was initially delivered to Atlanta, Georgia where it stayed with its first owner who accrued 53,262 miles on the car during their ownership. The car was sold in 2003 through Autohaus in Lancaster, PA to its second owner in Chandler, Arizona. It remained in Arizona through 2012, appearing to have been serviced regularly and driven sparingly according to the CarFax, when it was offered for sale in 2012 with 62,422 miles on the odometer. The Targa then made its way to Florida with its third owner who put about 3,000 miles on the car before selling it to its current owner in 2015. As the car sits, it currently has 65,940 miles on the odometer. It would be best described as a well kept, driver quality example that runs and drives very nicely. It does not appear to need anything at the current time besides a fresh set of tires. Between the rarity of the Targa and the fantastic color combination, it would make an excellent addition to any garage or Porsche collection.
Options Sticker Decoding:
X30 – Dark Rootwood steering wheel, leather-covered airbag module
XC9 – Dark Rootwood shifter
X32 – Dark Rootwood parking brake lever
159 – Engine sound package
437 – 8-way electrical seat, left
438 – 8-way electrical seat, right
445 – Wheel caps (Steel Grey) with colored Porsche crest
454 – Automatic speed control
490 – Sound system
688 – CD-radio Becker Porsche CDR-210 USA
939 – Pleated leather rear seats
982 – Pleated leather front seats
Included with the sale of this car are the manuals, tools, and a clean CarFax.
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Body And Paint
The exterior is finished in a fantastic and rare Metallic Black paint that when the sun hits it shines with a slight golden hue. It is a very interesting and understated color that provides a little deviation from the standard black. The paint itself is in decent driver quality condition with a consistent finish all around the car but showing signs of the mileage and general usage. There is a bit of peppering of stone chips on the front bumper and lower hood area. There is a spot on the hood where an improper fix of an older chip in the paint has led to a failure of the clear coat. The paint on the mirrors displays some minor stone peppering that is consistent with the mileage. A paint meter was run over the car, producing consistent results of 3.4 to 4.5 with the doors metering slightly higher at around 4.8 to 5.7. The body itself is straight and shows no major dings or dents. Panel gaps and shut lines are all consistent and straight.
Glass And Trim
The glass throughout the car is in good condition. Side windows and the rear glass are all branded Sekurit and the front windshield is labeled Sigla. The glass Targa top is clean and clear and functions as it should. The headlights are clean and clear with no cracking, same with the marker and fog lights upfront. In the back the outer side taillights are in good condition, however, the centrally mounted light and reflector with the Porsche inscription displays some spider webbing cracks that are very typical with these plastics.
The bespoke two-piece wheels in the front are in good condition however in the rear it appears that someone attempted to refinish the two wheels and did a sub-par job, leaving them with a rough and slightly scratched finish. The black brake calipers display some clear coat peeling as well.
The front of the car contains a number of small stone chips from normal usage. There is a small area on the driver side of the hood where an attempted fix of the paint has led to clear coat issues. The rear two wheels appear to have been refinished but are slightly rough and the clear coat on the brake calipers is peeling.
Seats And Surfaces
The interior of the car is finished in a beautifully contrasting Chestnut color with a number of Dark Rootwood accents which include the steering wheel, shifter, and emergency brake lever. The seats are in great shape but appear to have been redone at some point to a high standard. The carpets retain good color but show a very minor bit of fading. The dash is straight and free of cracks but does display some fairly heavy sun fading. The door cards are clean and tidy however the black plastic speaker cover on the driver side door is cracked.
Functionality And Accessories
Everything appears to function as it should on the interior of the car. The windows roll up and down with ease and the doors open and close as they should. The Targa top slides forward and backward with ease and the sunshade operates although during our brief testing it appeared to get hung up on the track a bit and skip forward. The gauges are clear with bright and legible numbers and all appear to display their designated functions as they should. The emergency brake holds the car in place and the shifter moves easily through its range of motion.
The top of the dash, while straight and free of cracking is heavily sun-faded. The speaker cover on the driver's side door is cracked.
ENGINE BAY AND TRUNK
The engine bay is clean and tidy with everything appearing stock and well looked after. All the appropriate stickers are in place, clamps and hoses appear well looked after and there are no outward signs of any issues present in the engine bay area.
The trunk area contains carpet that is fairly well-fitting with good color. Beneath the carpet, the trunk is clean and tidy with smooth and consistent metal and paint, factory markings, and well-kept wiring and hoses. There is a Porsche CD changer tucked neatly in its carpeted pouch and the factory spare appears to have received little if any usage. The correct stickers and stamping are all in their appropriate spots.
The underside of the car appears in line with the mileage, with a bit of road grime on the suspension and brakes but is overall dry and shows no signs of any major issues. Factory finishes are present on the underside of the engine and there are no outward signs of any real issues. Floor pans are straight and issue free, plastics are a bit dirty but whole and complete.
Mechanically the car appears well looked after and it shows in the strong running and driving nature of it. The engine fires right to life with a quick turn of the key and settles easily into a smooth idle. The car makes excellent power and moves through the RPM range with ease.
The transmission shifts through the gears with ease and holds power throughout the RPM range superbly. The clutch feels light and responsive, with good pickup.
Brakes And Suspension
The braking system brings the car to a smooth and controlled stop with no issues to note. The suspension feels compliant and responsive with good feedback and road manners.
The tires on the front are a set of Sumitomo Tour Plus LSW in 205/50/17 with a date code of July 2014. They are in good condition with plenty of tread life left on them. The rear tires are a set of Sumitomo HTRZ II in 255/40/17 with a date code of March 2013. They are also in good condition with a fair amount of tread left on them.
The 993 generation of 911s is a fantastic mixture of comfort and drivability. They are easily the most daily useable of the air-cooled Porsches while still retaining the mechanical feel and sound that is so sought after with the fantastic air-cooled engine. The addition of the Targa top to the already wonderful package of the 993 provides the driver with the ability to open the top and have a clear view to the world above, letting in the sunshine and the smells of backroad motoring while still providing the safety and comfort that come with a standard closed car experience. This 1998 Porsche Targa represents a perfect opportunity to acquire a rare and highly sought after air-cooled model in fantastic colors that provides an excellent driver quality car in an outstandingly useable package.
- Exterior Colour Black
- Interior Colour Red
- Drive LHD